– What we think, has a direct impact on our emotions and how we feel.
– All negative thoughts are stress!
– Meditation is the best medication for stress.
My favorite definition of the word meditation is from Dr. Roy Eugene Davis, who says “Meditation is alert concentration on a chosen subject.”
I think that we are all capable of alert concentration, but the trouble comes with the words “chosen subject”. The trick is to be able to concentrate on what you want, when you want, for as long as you want. Lots of us cannot do this. We get songs stuck in our head that won’t go away, we have resentments play over and over like festering wounds, we have worries that we “just can’t get off our mind”, and we have little or no control over what our mind is doing. I would say that these symptoms are normal in our society, but I would also say that this is not good at all.
What we think, has a direct impact on our emotions and how we feel. How we feel has a direct impact on us physically. If we think negative thoughts, we will feel negative emotions, and over time, these negative emotions create havoc with our bodies. The leaders in the medical society say that “Stress causes 95% of all sickness and disease”. This clearly means that our thoughts are very important because all negative thoughts are stress! If you have little or no control over your mind and thoughts, this is a recipe for trouble.
Migraines, ulcers , digestive problems, and high blood pressure, anxiety and panic attacks, these are just the beginning of downward spiral. These illness’s make our lives more difficult, and effect our home life, our work, and/or our education. When things get more difficult, what do we do? We think more negative thoughts, which only serve to make the situation worse.
Why meditate? Because meditation is the best medication for stress. Meditation also slows down the aging process and improves memory and cognitive skills. People who meditate regularly are known to have good health, and to be emotionally balanced. Through meditation, you can take control of your mind, begin to think positive thoughts, and truly change your entire life.
In part 2, I will discuss mind control and introduce you to an exercise that has been helpful to many of us meditators.